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Sheepy:
A Short Adventure
16 Accessibility Features

We've documented 16 accessibility features for Sheepy: A Short Adventure, including Fully Voiced (Or No Speech), Low Pressure, No Button Combos, Play Without Hearing and Colour Blind Friendly. Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Reading but it also has features in Visual, Audio, Getting Started and Navigation to reduce unintended barriers.

This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.

Sheepy: A Short Adventure is a running and jumping game about a curious sheep exploring the ruins of a huge city. As you traverse crumbling buildings to explore a world reclaimed by nature, you gradually piece together what happened to the former inhabitants. As a free game, it stands out for the depth of mystery and atmosphere it creates over its short runtime.

Our accessibility examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Sheepy: A Short Adventure accessibility 4 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 4 weeks ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes

The developers suggest you play with a controller, although it is technically playable with a mouse and keyboard. You need to hold down buttons (to skip cutscenes you've already seen if you die), and rapid pressing and precise inputs are also needed. You need quick reactions, for example, to dodge enemy attacks.

Text in menus and subtitles is high in contrast, but quite small, and due to the pixellated font, can be hard to read. However, as the dialogue is not important for completing the game, you can play without sound even if you can't read the subtitles.

There is no in-game map and your objective is not always clear.

Generally, characters are quite bright and the backgrounds are dark, creating good contrast in most areas of the game. there are flashes and screen shake effects which cannot be disabled, as well as a depth-of-field blur on the foreground and distant background elements.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/02/2024

Price: Free

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Platform (Action, Adventure and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Mr Suicide Sheep (@MrSuicideSheep)

Costs: Free

 

ControlsControls

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Controls in Sheepy: A Short Adventure which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Gamepad

Can play with the following:

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Mouse And Keyboard

Can play with the following:

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

No Simultaneous Buttons: Only one button or key required at a time, in addition to direction stick(s).

 

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DifficultyDifficulty

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Sheepy: A Short Adventure which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play. The following games are similar to Sheepy: A Short Adventure, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Getting Started in Sheepy: A Short Adventure which deals with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.

Assistance Getting Starting

These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren't time-limited or there's a low-pressure mode. This avoids the pressure of being put on the clock for overarching missions, or failing tasks because you didn't reach a destination in time.

 

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ReadingReading

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Reading in Sheepy: A Short Adventure which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.

Reading Level

How much reading is required to play the game's main path or story and how complex the language is. The presence of voiced characters doesn't reduce this requirement, as it's recorded as a separate datapoint.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a primary/elementary student (9-year-old) could understand.

Text Visibility

High Contrast Text: Text colour contrasts to the background or can be adjusted to be. The text in menus, instructions and other information is presented in high contrast with a solid background.

Subtitles

All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game): All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to hear spoken dialogue or narrative to play the game.

Voice Acted

All Dialogue is Voice Acted (Or No Speech In Game): All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to read the dialogue and narrative text to play the game.

 

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NavigationNavigation

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Navigation in Sheepy: A Short Adventure which deals with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces.

Menu Navigation

Digital Menu Navigation: Menu choices with Gamepad can be made without using an analogue stick to guide a cursor to a selection. For example, using D-Pad, buttons or the Stick to change menu selection in a single action.

 

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VisualVisual

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Visual in Sheepy: A Short Adventure which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Contrast

Medium Contrast: Game uses generally well contrasting and bright visuals, or has a slider to make this the case.

Visual Distractions

No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank. This includes the absence of other movement elements in the background that might distract or confuse the action. Where foreground contrast is high, this includes games with some movement in the background that doesn't make it overly difficult to distinguish what is happening.

Audio Cues for Visual Events

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events. Game events or progress highlighted by visual icons, effects or animations are also accompanied by audio to signify that progress. This is useful for blind players.

Colour Options

Colour Blind Friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colour blind friendly mode with double coding or similar way to avoid colour dependance.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Sheepy: A Short Adventure which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.

Play Without Hearing

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well.

System Accessibility Settings

In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:

PC
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

VSC LogoAccessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors Ben Kendall


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